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Argyle, Jesse William (1859–1924), social investigator and statistician, was born at 7 Argyle Road, Mile End, London, on 4 September 1859, the elder of two sons of Jesse Smith Argyle (1834/5–1866), a grocer's travelling salesman, and his wife, Martha Annie, née Mattocks. After their father's death ...

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Fox, Alan (1920–2002), sociologist and industrial historian, was born at 102 Goldsmith Avenue, Manor Park, West Ham, in the East End of London, on 23 January 1920, the only child of Walter Henry Fox, a journeyman typewriting machine enameller who had served in the First World War, and his wife, ...

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Sir Patrick Geddes (1854–1932) by Lafayette, 1931 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Geddes, Sir Patrick (1854–1932), social evolutionist and city planner, was born at Ballater, west Aberdeenshire, Scotland, on 2 October 1854, the youngest son of Alexander Geddes (1808–1899), and his wife, Janet Stivenson. His father was a quartermaster in the Black Watch; his mother came from a family of strict Presbyterian covenanters....

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Harrisson, Tom Harnett (1911–1976), ornithologist, museum curator, and co-founder of the Mass-Observation social survey project, was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 26 September 1911, the elder of the two children of Brigadier-General Geoffry Harnett Harrisson (1881–1939) and his wife, Marie Ellen (Doll; 1886–1961)...

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Jowell, Sir Roger Mark (1942–2011), social statistician, was born on 26 March 1942 in Cape Town, South Africa, the younger son of Jack Jowell (1906–1991), director of a company making ladies' clothing, and his wife, Emily, née Katzenellenbogen (1909–2000). His family were Jewish although ...

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Frederick Soddy (1877–1956) by Walter Stoneman, 1920 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Soddy, Frederick (1877–1956), chemist and social commentator, was born on 2 September 1877 at Bolton Road, Eastbourne, the fourth son of Benjamin Soddy (d. 1911), a semi-retired London corn buyer, and his second wife, Hannah Green (d. 1879), who died when ...

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Alfred Russel Wallace (1823–1913) by Reginald Haines, c. 1909 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Wallace, Alfred Russel (1823–1913), naturalist, evolutionary theorist, and social critic, was born on 8 January 1823, at Kensington Cottage, Usk, Monmouthshire, the third of four sons and eighth of the nine children of Thomas Vere Wallace and Mary Anne Greenell. Early biographical treatments give the year of his birth as 1822 through an oversight on ...

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Wright, Thomas (1839–1909), engineer and social commentator, was born on 12 April 1839 in Burlington Street, Liverpool, the eldest of at least three sons of Charles Wright, a blacksmith, and his wife, Catherine, née McArla. He attended local schools until the age of fourteen when he began a seven-year apprenticeship as an engineer. Once this was completed he set out on a particularly extensive version of the traditional '...